In honour of International Women’s Day, I figured what better way to celebrate than with a round-up of all my favourite, strong female protagonists.
They are smart, strong and can stand their ground around any male character. They are never the scapegoat and they would flat out knock you down if you got in their way.
They just overall kick ass.
There are obviously TONS of them in literature but I am going to focus on the ones found in my favourite genre: mystery, thriller and suspense.
So without further ado, here is my round up!
Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew novels
She is essentially the OG for female protagonists as far as I am concerned. I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Take that Hardy Boys.
Harriet from Harriet the Spy
This book is the reason I carried around a notebook for the majority of my childhood. Harriet is precocious, enthusiastic and unapologetic. She is certainly not the ruffle dress, sit down and take it type.
Kathy from Flowers in the Attic series
Kathy, although messed up to the max, uses her feminine wiles to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Arguably one of the least independent characters on my list, you cannot deny that Kathy is about as cutthroat as they come. Seducing her mother’s husband and slowly but surely ruining every bit of her new life? Not a problem for Kathy.
Lisa from Method 15/33
I thought she was amazing; a pregnant sixteen year old girl who outsmarts kidnappers and uses every bit of her surroundings to her advantage? Genius!
Lori from Deep Down Dead
There aren’t many characters that are tougher than Lori. Ferocious and daring, she can play with the big boys and will sacrifice everything to protect the ones that she loves. I cannot wait to see how her story will play out in upcoming novels.
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles from Rizzoli and Isles series
I am ride or die Tess Gerritsen; I have said it before and I’ll say it again and this is partially because of these characters. Smart and steady, they have no issues taking charge and let no one step in their way.